the 2021

MELBOURNE TANGO CIRCUIT

26TH NOV – 1ST DEC 2021

Melbourne Tango Circuit

A program of Special Edition tango activities that celebrates the talent, diversity and sociability of our much-loved Melbourne tango community. This is a community event coordinated by Melbourne Social Tango, in association with the established milonga and tango organisations of Melbourne. Events are Pay At The Door unless advised otherwise.

All participants must adhere to Covid safe policies and provide Vaccination Certificates.

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Tango Circuit Events

Program Partners

Melbourne Tango Circuit 2021 is proudly presented by Melbourne Social Tango in association with:

SPOTLIGHT ON ROBLES DANCE

Fabio Robles is the heart and soul behind Robles Dance, a Melbourne tango institution for over 20 years.

Fab’s Friday Night Milonga is where you will find Melbourne’s best tango dancers hitting the floor every week. It’s a place where anything and everything can happen!

Fabio Robles has been a champion of traditional Argentine tango in Australia and beyond for all his life.

He is a professional dancer, choreographer, musician and teacher of the craft and has developed and nurtured other tango dancers, teachers and DJs, throughout his whole career.

ROBLES STUDIO is located in the cosmopolitan heart of Carlton and is home to various latin dance groups that run regular classes, workshops and socials there.

SPOTLIGHT ON TANGO BAJO

Tango Bajo was established in 2003 by Bill Jarman and is one Melbourne’s foundation tango schools.

Bill, who began his career as a classically trained ballet dancer, discovered tango in 1990. He has worked with many of the world’s best tango maestros both in Buenos Aires and around the world. Bill helped nurture the Melbourne tango scene from humble beginnings and has watched it grow in size and sophistication.

Tango Bajo currently runs regular milongas on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month and holds weekly group classes. Bill also teaches private lessons by arrangement.

SPOTLIGHT ON TANGO ESENCIA

Tango Esencia is a studio focused on achieving exceptional standards of dance. It is located in the heart of Richmond, and is a home for all Tango dancers to gather.

Its principals, Rina and Nadim Sawaya, are highly regarded for their teaching which focuses on improving the body’s natural coordination and deep understanding of body mechanics. This focus is evident in their grace and elegance in their movements and connection in their dance.

Tango Esencia runs group classes, private tuition and several welcoming and well-attended milongas – including Milonga 327 on Wednesdays, Barrio de Tango on every 3rd Saturday and the famous monthly Czech Club.

Image Credit: Fanny Peltier, Creat’her Photography

SPOTLIGHT ON TANGO MELBOURNE

Tango Melbourne is a fresh and vibrant tango school that focuses on making learning tango fun and friendly with an emphasis on developing great social dancers based on cutting edge educational theory and methodology.

Tango Melbourne offers group classes in various levels, private tuition, special focused courses, practicas, and regular milongas.

Tango Melbourne prides itself on developing new dancers and promoting the benefits of dancing socially in Melbourne’s tango scene.

Renee Fieck and Doni Mac are the founders of Tango Melbourne but the school operates as a complete team of teachers and assistants that help people find and develop their tango.

All teachers are continually training in dance, understanding of music and the latest educational processes, creating an atmosphere of learning, empathy and joy. They love that tango is a worldwide community and as a result, encourage their students to dance wherever they can in their local community, as well as abroad.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON THE TANGUERIA - SIDEWALK TANGO

Dianne Heywood-Smith from The Tangueria – Sidewalk Tango, is a professional tango dancer, performer, choreographer and dedicated, inspiring teacher. Her tango journey started in 1998, learning and training with important tango teachers such as Gustavo Naveria, Aurora Lubiz, Puppy Castellano, Graciela Gonzales and Zoraida Fontclara.

The Tangueria has evolved through Sidewalk Tango, founded in 1998, the dance company of herself and David Backler. Interestingly Dianne and David’s first performance in Buenos Aires was at Confiteria Ideal for the Primavera Festival in September 2000.

The Tangueria – Sidewalk Tango’s teaching philosophy is built around respect for the history and origin of tango, respect for the music, the dance, and for the people who have dedicated themselves to tango, those who have kept, and those who are keeping the art form and essence of tango alive.

The Tangueria – Sidewalk Tango classes are held on Monday nights at 327 Swan St Richmond and Dianne also teaches on Friday nights in Bayswater.

Photo by Jane Clancy.

Acknowledgment of Country

Melbourne Social Tango acknowledges the Eastern Kulin Nation, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet, practice and dance and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and communities and culture. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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We aim to offer opportunities for tango dancers to practice and dance tango in welcoming, inclusive environments in order to promote the growth of the social tango community.